So, this oil leak might become an extinction level event? That sucks?

"WARNING: DEPRESSING Not to scare anyone, but from someone familiar with spills like DH, including the magnesium blocks and risers, this is the way I see it. First, the problem started when an axial drill bit system was moved while the seal was in a ”closed” position. This damaged the rubber seal and pieces of that seal came to the top in the mud used for drilling. When the engineers saw that, the tested the blowout preventer with a pressure test. OK, no problem, but the test they used was based on a 1960’s patent using an algorithm that never though humans could drill 5,000 feet underwater. Took 8 hours for pressures to equalize, BP rushed everything, and the top blew off. Whooops.

They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another 18,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. Well, this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it shot up through several seals and barriers before exploding, causing the rig to sink. Take a moment to grasp the import of that. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it. Pressure estimates are 15,000 psi for the BOP and 21 inch riser. Some speculate the pressure in the area where they dilled (Mississippi Block 252 aka Macondo Prospect) could be a multiple of 10x, incredible pressure that can move about anything on earth. This is a HUGE deposit, Natural Gas and Oil is leaking out of the deposit as far inland as Central Alabama and way over into Florida and even over to Louisiana almost as far as Texas. If things break apart, it could be like the Yellowstone Caldera, except from below a mile of sea, with a 1/4-mile opening, with up to 150,000 psi of oil and natural gas behind it.

That would be an extinction event.

A junk shot or similar mud/heavy cement measure might bust open additional weaknesses they don’t know about (or blow the thing wide open), hence their attempt to x-ray the remaining visible pipe before attempting the next "guess." Even the "relief" well is not a sure thing, that’s why BP is drilling TWO reliefs in case the 1st doesn’t work. Some countries require 4 relief wells.

Matthew Simmons told Dylan Ratigan that "there’s another leak, much bigger, 5 to 6 miles away" from the leaking riser and blowout preventer which we’ve all been watching on the underwater cameras. Was this bigger leak caused by destruction of the well casing, or caused by some opening of a larger natural "fracture" oil seep? This might explain the strange red plumes of oil a few hundred feet under the surface.

For the relief well to succeed, the bore hole must precisely intersect the damaged well. If it misses, BP will have to back up its drill, plug the hole it just created, and try again.

If we can’t cap that hole that oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Not toxic to whales, but the smaller organisms that begin the food chain. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?

Imagine what happens if that oil keeps flowing until it destroys all life in the oceans of this planet. Who knows how big of a reservoir of oil is down there.

Not to mention that the oceans are critical to maintaining the proper oxygen level in the atmosphere for human life.

The only piece of human technology that might address this is a small nuclear bomb. I’m not kidding. Google "russian nuke oil spill" I pray the 1st relief well works in August! By then the Gulf will be black, but hopefully the east coast can be saved. If they put a nuke down there in the right spot it might seal up the hole. However, the nukes worked to seal the oil channel from a LAND rig, it’s never been tried under 5000 ft of pressure on a sandy bottom, but still, nothing short of that will work."

6 Responses to “So, this oil leak might become an extinction level event? That sucks?”

  1. Fang Says:

    Well… I’ve been looking for an excuse to get drunk for years.
    Just let me know when it’s most assuredly ‘game over’ so I can go buy out the local liquor store.

  2. Proud Texan Says:

    It very well could lead to the extinction of the republican party.

  3. Allota Diccs Says:

    Matters, nothing you can do about it. Also, TLDR

  4. barry Says:

    i don’t think its as bad as you put it, if you really want something that’s more credible that might be a ELE then look at the Sky’s and check out that giant rock that’s coming for us, theres an asteroid that’s suppose to come close to hitting us in 2012. you can go nuts on that one and tell us all about it.

  5. spark Says:

    I don’t think this commentary is too far off base. First of all, drilling at those depths is new technology. I mean, there are so many things that can go wrong. Who knows what magnitude of reserves that exist at 18,000+ feet below the water’s surface? No one knows – exactly my point. I was just commenting to somebody the other day – “What if there is more oil and gas in that reserve than there is water in all of the earth’s oceans?” I don’t think anyone has any real scientific evidence otherwise, but it’s a sobering thought.

  6. Mr Hammock Says:

    I am a realist. I look at the good as well as the bad.This is bad. And the mockingly complacent attitude that people are showing is typical of society. No one wants to believe we could be wiped out but it CAN happen. There are no easy answers but to yawn and go back to business as usual is naive and foolish.The oceans are our life.If they die,we die It is a known fact that a tiny disruption in just the right place can wipe an entire ecosystem out.This is far from over.